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A rainbow of Rowan's Pure Wool Worsted

A rainbow of Rowan's Pure Wool Worsted

New Yarns

Summer is in full swing, and with all that is happening in Belfast, we already have a full newsletter without shop news! Our shop news this month is relatively scant, as we too are trying to enjoy a summer that goes by way too fast while keeping busy with basic shop work -- helping customers, ordering, stocking and cleaning. One would think we would have time to knit here, but that is only possible for a few minutes a day during certain months of the year.

New yarns -- and new colorways in existing yarns -- are coming in fast and furious now. As we need shelf room, we are putting older yarn lines on discount. So if you love yarn and you are in town, you may want to stop in just to see what discounted yarn may inspire you.

This week, Rowan's Pure Wool Worsted (superwash) has arrived in 15 gorgeous colorways. We have this 219-yard/100-gram pull-skein retailing for $10.50.

And this week, we have moved Knit One Crochet Too's Seda Rustica to the discount area. This is a luxurious mix of silk and baby llama. It knits at 4-4.5 stitches per inch and the 218-yard skein retails for $16.95, now $11.87.

Enjoy the rest of the summer -- and we hope to see you!

The Manly Bib, knit by Helen in Sugar 'n Cream cotton

The Manly Bib, knit by Helen in Sugar 'n Cream cotton

Manly Bib

We are sharing this pattern with you (Manly Bib, on Ravelry) that a customer shared with us for two reasons. First, we often make knitted models in a "girl" style and this pattern will likely be knit for a boy. And second is that during this time of year we know that many of us knitters knit relatively small, simple items like dischcloths out of cotton because the weather can be hot, we have lots of company, and/or we tend to travel a lot. We thought that if you are one of these knitters and you already have knitted your quota of dishcloths and/or want to knit a simple fun baby gift in a "boy" style, here is your pattern!

We currently have 31 colors of Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarn in stock.

A beautiful quilt from the Quilters of Gee's Bend

A beautiful quilt from the Quilters of Gee's Bend

Fiber College of Maine

Even though it is happening next month, we want to remind you about Fiber College so you can plan to be part of this annual event.

Fiber College of Maine, September 3-7, is the largest fiber arts education gathering on the East Coast. It's a grand gathering of fiber artists, featuring classes, shopping, demonstrations and classes on everything fiber: knitting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, felting, fiber preparation, rug hooking, quilting, lace making, dyeing, book making, wood working and more. Fiber College endeavors to further the education of creative pursuits for novices and highly trained artists alike.

This year Fiber College is featuring the Quilts and Quilters of Gee's Bend. "Do it your way!" Four of Gee's Bend's renowned quilters will be joining us this year for classes, a forum discussion and to simply be part of our community. We happily welcome Miss China Pettway, Miss Stella Mae Pettway, Miss Revil Mosely and Miss Lucy Mingo to Searsport.

They will be teaching a two-day intensive class on Wednesday and Thursday, and then shorter classes on Saturday and Sunday.

Gee's Bend Quilts will be on display in two exhibitions in Maine: Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, August 2-September 7 and Maine Fiberarts in Topsham, July 4-August 30.

An Evening of Dinner, Discussion, Singing and Quilts

On the evening of September 3 the First Congregational Church of Searsport will host a public New England boiled dinner, and a discussion forum and gospel singing with the ladies from Alabama. The forum, during which two quilts will be raffled, will be moderated by Maine Center for Contemporary Art Director Suzette McAvoy. Click here for registration information.

September is the most beautiful month on the coast of Maine. Surrounded by the sea and bordered by gardens, you can relax, revitalize and daydream. Discover Fiber College of Maine, where friendships are built around shared interests, long pauses and unexpected connections.

Fiber College is always held on the award-winning grounds of Searsport Shores Ocean Campground in midcoast Maine the weekend after Labor Day. Accommodations are available at the campground and in nearby hotels and B-and-B's of Searsport and Belfast. Come when you can, stay as long as you'd like. Everybody is welcome.

Weaving a colorful community one thread at a time, Fiber College is hosted at Searsport Shores Ocean Campground, 216 W. Main Street, Searsport, ME 04974, phone 207-548-6059.

Stashbuster Fiber and Fabric Fair flyer

Stashbuster Fiber and Fabric Fair -- click image for printable PDF flyer.

Stashbuster Fiber and Fabric Fair

Calling all knitters, sewers, weavers and crafters! Here is a chance to turn your unused stash of yarn and fabric into gold to support high-quality learning experiences for Waldo County's youngest learners.

A Fiber and Fabric Fair will be held on Saturday, September 27 from 9 am-1 pm in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library. The fundraiser, which will support Broadreach Family and Community Services' Early Childhood Program, will feature a wide array of yarns, fabrics and supplies for the fiber craftsperson. Broadreach is asking all those fiber and fabric aficionados who have yarn, wool, fabric, patterns and other supplies they wish to contribute to contact Broadreach at 207-338-2200, ext. 201, to arrange a donation. Local businesses such as Heavenly Socks Yarns, Fiddlehead Artisan Supply, WORKS and Purple Fleece will be donating door prizes for this exciting fiber event.

The Fiber and Fabric Fair is free and open to the public. All those who knit, weave, sew and quilt, or those who would like to become involved in these crafts, are encouraged to attend. There will be people of all skill levels in attendance and fiber creativity will be free-flowing.

For more information about the event, phone either Sue diRosario or Deb Schilder at 207-338-2200 at Broadreach Family and Community Services.

Broadreach is a not-for-profit organization serving the people of Waldo, Knox and Lincoln counties with Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Health/Case Management Services, Youthlinks after-school and summer programs, and family strengthening and child abuse and neglect and substance-abuse prevention services. For more information, visit Broadreach.

Aran sweater hand knit by Jean Stuart of Northport, featured in the Friends of the Belfast Free Library raffle

Aran sweater hand knit by Jean Stuart of Northport, featured in the Friends of the Belfast Free Library raffle

Library Friends Sweater Raffle

The Friends of the Belfast Free Library are holding a raffle to support their projects for 2014-2015. Featured in the raffle is a beautiful Aran sweater hand knit by Jean Stuart of Northport. The sweater is a green heather suitable for either a girl or boy, and is made of a washable wool/acrylic yarn. It is a child's size 10, and will be on display at the library while tickets are on sale.

Tickets for the sweater are $2.00 each or six tickets for $10.00. They may be purchased at the Belfast Free Library beginning on August 5. The drawing will take place on October 11 during KnitMaine-ia.

Composition IV-Collected Image, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, by Marc Leavitt

Composition IV-Collected Image, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, by Marc Leavitt

Marc Leavitt at Aarhus Gallery

Aarhus Gallery is pleased to have Belfast artist Marc Leavitt as their guest artist for the month of August. The show runs from July 29 through August 31 with an opening reception on Friday, August 1, 5-8 pm.

Marc Leavitt is an artist who investigates, examines and studies images, text, signs and music, with a paint brush and color. His research manifests as multilayered abstract paintings, but only after days, sometimes weeks of analysis of color relationships which in turn require more visual discussion and particularization. Predetermined colors that seem "wrong" together create excitement in the heart of this artist, this color psychotherapist, because they present the artist with a meaty problem to be worked, explored, layered and refined to be made "right." Marc Leavitt's oil paintings exude a scrumptious attention to detail, layer over meticulous layer.

Marc's paintings and works on paper have been placed in U.S. and international collections, and featured in "Architectural Digest" and other publications. Selected local juried exhibitions include, the I-95 Triennial -- From Connecticut to Maine at the University of Maine Museum of Art, and CMCA's Art to Collect Now. Aarhus invites the public to meet the artist and share in his meditative observations of color, language and the grid in his first solo exhibition with the gallery.

Aarhus Gallery, 50 Main St., Belfast, is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am-5:30 pm, and Mondays by chance. For more information, visit Aarhus Gallery or phone 207-338-0001.

Future Mothers Tent, by Elizabeth Jabar and Colleen Kinsella

Future Mothers Tent, by Elizabeth Jabar and Colleen Kinsella

Living in These Bodies Part II at Waterfall Arts

Part II of Waterfall Arts' summer exhibit, Living in these Bodies, opens Friday, August 1 with a reception from 5 to 8 pm. The Part II exhibition continues to highlight work by women artists that captures complex aspects of women's physical and social experiences. The theme is the physical and cultural space women occupy, and the way these artists portray that. Part II features work by Elizabeth Jabar, Colleen Kinsella, Lesia Sochor, Deborah Olin and Lorena Salcedo-Watson. The exhibit will be on display through August 30.

The Future Mothers Tent, Jabar and Kinsella's collaborative piece, is an actual tent, printed all over with images of women, many from the Middle East, meant to invite visitors in for conversation and gathering. Both artists teach at Maine College of Art. Jabar and Kinsella will lead a special workshop, Image Traffic: Printmaking and the Appropriated Image, on Saturday, August 2 from 10 am to 2 pm at Waterfall Arts.

Lorena Salcedo-Watson's large charcoal, watercolor and ink drawings will also be part of the exhibit. Salcedo-Watson lives on Long Island, NY; her work has been shown and collected extensively.

Lesia Sochor's series Threads began in 2007 when she was inspired by wooden spools of thread connecting her to her female ancestors. This work evolved into the Bodice series, then the Mannequin series. Sochor, who lives in Brooks, shows her work throughout the Northeast and is a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher.

Debra Olin is a printmaker who lives and works in Somerville, Mass. In her recent work, she uses her body as the matrix in creating her printing plate. Wrapping herself in plastic and rolling in glue produces a body print that she colors with powdered pigments.

Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High St. in Belfast and offers art classes and workshops for all ages, exhibitions, studio rentals and art-related events. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday from noon to 4 pm, and by appointment. For more information, visit Waterfall Arts.

Inaugural poet Richard Blanco

Inaugural poet Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco, Lily King at Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books celebrates their 10th birthday with inaugural poet Richard Blanco on Saturday, August 2 at 5-7 pm, and award-winning novelist Lily King on Sunday, August 3 at 3-5 pm.

Blanco, who lives in Bethel, Maine, will present a talk, reading and signing. (And since it's Left Bank Books' birthday, there will be birthday cake, too!) Click One Today to see Blanco read his inaugural poem at President Obama's second inauguration.

Award-winning novelist Lily King

Award-winning novelist Lily King

Lily King is getting national attention with her new book, Euphoria, which received a glowing front-page review last month in the New York Times Book Review. This powerful story of three anthropologists in 1930s New Guinea, working among individual river tribes still unknown to the civilized world, is based loosely on the life of anthropologist Margaret Mead.

Saturday's talk with Richard Blanco will be held at the First Church, diagonally across from the bookshop. Sunday's talk with Lily King will be at the shop. Both weekend events are free, but reservations are needed. Please phone the shop at 207-338-9009 or e-mail leftbank@myfairpoint.net and they will put you on the list.

Sixth Annual Belfast Street Party poster

Sixth Annual Belfast Street Party poster

Sixth Annual Belfast Street Party

The Sixth Annual Belfast Street Party, an all-ages smoke-free event, will take place on August 4 (or the next sunny day), from 5-10:30 pm, on High Street. Fun features include a climbing wall, bounce houses, a rat race, a bucking bronco, a bungee jump, clowns, live music, dancing, and food and drink. Entry is free.

Music includes Captain Obvious at 5 pm, Don Nickerson and Country Mist at 7 pm, and Matt Bixby's DJ Dance Party at 9 pm. Also featured Courtney Porter's Musical Mash-up Dancing Machine.

For more information, visit Our Town Belfast.

A Zenfest moment: drawing in sand on the light table

A Zenfest moment: drawing in sand on the light table

Random Acts of Amusement

Waterfall Arts is hosting the second in a series of weird and wondrous events creator Bridget Matros calls AAAAH (Affordable All Ages Art Happenings) on Friday, August 8 from 7 to 10 pm. These multi-sensory, immersive party-events are designed to have something for all ages.

A follow-up to last month's well-attended and much-loved Zenfest, the next event, Funny Haha, is a gigglefest for all ages.

Matros says AAAH has two aims: to bring artsy events to people who otherwise wouldn't go because it's too expensive, too awkward, too boring, or too late; and to help parents stay sane. The third event, a communal potluck, is slated for August 22.

Tickets are sold at the door: adults $5.00, kids under 13 $3.00, crawlers free. (For the sake of chaos-control, one adult per three kids, please.) For more information, e-mail Matros at bmatros@gmail.com.

Eric Green will be among the lineup of entertainment and fun at Main Street Art Market and Wellness Day Festival.

Eric Green will be among the lineup of entertainment and fun at Main Street Art Market and Wellness Day Festival.

Main Street Art Market and Wellness Festival

The Aina Shop, an artisan-support project of local non-profit organization Expanding Opportunities, is planning a Main Street Art Market and Wellness Festival, to be held on Saturday, August 9, 9 am-5 pm, in downtown Belfast (between Rollie's and Traci's Diner). This is a free event, but donations are welcome.

The Art Market is open to vendors, and seeks local Maine artists and cultural art that is ethically and responsibly sourced. Some spaces will be designated to local farmers with fresh Maine-made goods and produce, and food trucks. The event planners are seeking talented musicians, dancers and other performers. A children's booth with Camp Forest will offer face painting, basket making and other crafts with nature in mind, and invites you or your organization to participate. Performers are also invited to fill the day with fun, energetic and culturally diverse entertainment.

Inside the building, a fashion show will take place at noon, and will feature handmade and fair-trade worldly fashions with a purpose.

Can your Main Street business give a donation to support this event? Monetary donations will secure the location and hire local talent, while your donated goods will be entered in a raffle at the front table. Or, are you interested in a table to promote your business and promote community building?

To take part in this event, phone Nicole at 207-930-8012.

Wayfinding Series, A Work in Progress

Wayfinding Series, A Work in Progress

Traveling Artists to Visit Waterfall Arts

Traveling artists will visit Waterfall Arts on Friday, August 8 and 15 during the Belfast Farmers' Market held in the organization's back yard from 9 am to 1 pm.

On August 8, Emily Puthoff and Elena Sniezek will stop by as part of their Wayfinding Series, A Work in Progress. They are traveling the Northeast in a teardrop trailer designed and built by Puthoff and stop often to have conversations with people about their ideas of progress, then post them on Wayfinding Series.

Mathew McEntree fixes nearly everything for free. He explains his practice this way: "I will help anyone make or fix (nearly) anything for free. Over the past year I have been publicly offering my tools and knowledge as a way to create situations of democratic pedagogy and have helped people with a range of projects from fixing shoes to broken hearts. The major goal of this practice is to empower community to self-educate." He will be providing his free services Friday, August 15 from 9 am to 1 pm at Waterfall Arts.

Hope Rising, photograph by Terry Hire of Northport

Hope Rising, photograph by Terry Hire of Northport

Hospice Show Award Ceremony and Pop-Up-Gallery

Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County is holding an award ceremony and reception for its juried art show on Saturday, August 16, 6:30 pm at the Belfast Free Library. At the event, there will be an invitational pop-up gallery in the Abbott Room featuring accomplished, award-winning artists from the Waldo County area. Artists include Daniel Anselmi, Kenny Cole, Kerstin Engman, Eric Leppanen, Richard Mann, Abbie Read, Alison Rector, Willy Reddick and many more. The jurors making the selection were artist David Estey, sculptor Kimberly Callas and photographer Kevin Johnson. Eighty pieces of artwork were submitted.

"One of the main reasons I paint is because I've seen firsthand the power and beauty of Hospice Care. I'm genuinely thrilled and humbled to be a part of this event," said Andrew Speed of Gorham, one of the artists selected.

"It's great to hear my work was chosen for the show. I'm looking forward to the event and excited to help out the Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County," stated Caitlyn Mello of Jackson.

Internationally renowned artist Harold Garde will be an honored guest. The Barbara Kramer Gallery was named for his late wife, who received hospice care. Kristen Burkholder will be the MC and musician Clayton Clemetson will perform his original compositions.

All the artwork will be for sale, with fifty percent of the proceeds going to Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County. The artist reception and award ceremony is free and open to the public. Delicious food and libations are generously provided by La Vida, The Front Street Pub and Delvino's.

This event is sponsored by Camden National Bank, Front Street Ship Yard, Robbins Lumber and EBS Building Supplies. The media sponsor is Belfast Creative Coalition.

Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County provides non-medical support to patients and families facing a terminal illness and bereavement support to anyone in the community who has suffered the loss of a loved one. All services are always free of charge.

Fifth Annual Belfast Harbor Fest logo

Fifth Annual Belfast Harbor Fest logo

Fifth Annual Belfast Harbor Fest

The Fifth Annual Belfast Harbor Fest will be held August 15-17, at Steamboat Landing Park next to the Belfast Boathouse on Front Street. The Belfast Harbor Fest is sponsored by the Belfast Rotary Club. This celebration of Belfast's boat building tradition includes a national boat-building contest, pancake breakfast, 5K run, boat show, Come Boating Regatta, music, children's activities, food and a cardboard boat race.

Belfast Bay Music Festival poster

Belfast Bay Music Festival poster

Belfast Bay Music Festival

The Belfast Bay Music Festival, an all-ages show featuring local Maine music, will take place at Steamboat Landing in Belfast on Friday, August 22, from 2-10 pm. Musical genres include blues, hip-hop, country, punk, pop, and rock and roll. Host and resident DJ: DJ Maine Event. Featured artists include: Riff Johnson, Trisha Mason Band, Jim Dandy, The Resistance, Eric Green Party, Fools Rule, Bizzy Guntry, Ock Cousteau, Meghan Clark, Juke Rockets and Adonis Rising.

There will also be food vendors, giveaways, 50-50 raffle, beer tent and more. Purchase tickets at all Bull Moose locations, direct from the artists or at the gate. All proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity.

Painting by Clarity from The Big Sea of ME exhibit

Painting by Clarity from The Big Sea of ME exhibit

August 2014 Belfast Co-op Events

Featured Artist: Clarity

Clarity's exhibit, The Big Sea of ME, is on display in the Co-op Cafe through August 28. Their work can be viewed at House of ME

Round Up for Community Recipients

August 1-15: Waldo County Dental Care;
August 16-31: Crossroads Food Pantry, Morrill.

Senior Discount Day

Every Tuesday, Belfast Co-op customers 62 years young and up receive a discount upon informing the cashier of their eligibility. Co-op member-owners receive a 10% discount; non-member-owners 5%.

Co-op Grill at City Park

Open daily 11 am-4 pm offering a menu of Deli favorites including Caldwell Farm (Turner) burgers, Amy's veggie burgers, Applegate hot dogs, sandwiches, panini, quesadillas, salads, snacks, beverages and Stone Fox Creamery (Monroe) ice cream. For more information, click The Co-op Grill at City Park.

Guided Store Tour

Saturday, August 16, 10 am, Belfast Co-op, 123 High St.: Meet near the Co-op entrance -- guided store tours (every third Saturday/month) which highlight the benefits of joining the Co-op and how to take best advantage of shopping here. All are welcome.

Community Appreciation Day

Saturday, August 16, 10 am-4 pm, Belfast Co-op, 123 High St. (parking lot and High Street between Main and Beaver streets): Live local music, BBQ, local vendors with free samples, fundraising book sale and raffles to benefit local nonprofits, and more. All are welcome at this free event sponsored by the community-owned Belfast Co-op.

Vegetable Seed Saving Workshop

Monday, August 19, 9-11 am, Troy Howard Middle School, 173 Lincolnville Ave. (Rte. 52), Belfast: The Belfast Co-op is sponsoring a vegetable seed saving workshop with Jon Thurston, the agricultural coordinator of the Troy Howard MS Garden Project. This free interactive workshop will provide an overview of seed saving and include hands-on time in the garden. Participants will meet at the school near the greenhouse, no registration required.

Love LOCAL Day

On a Friday (date TBD -- when melons are at peak ripeness!), between 11 am and 3 pm, Peacemeal Farm in Dixmont (find them on Facebook) will provide free samples of their fresh organic melons; lunch special will highlight local ingredients, 10% off ALL Maine-made products throughout the day.

Wine Tasting and Art Opening

Friday, August 29, 7-9 pm, Belfast Cafe: Free wine tasting of highlighted seasonal wines, plus art opening. Featured wines will be 10% off during the tasting; participants must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Member-Owner Super Sale Week

September 1-7: Belfast Co-op member-owners receive 10% off all purchases in one transaction during the first week of September, except beer, wine, tobacco and periodicals. Not yet a member-owner? This may be an excellent time to join.

For more information about Belfast Co-op events, please visit Belfast Co-op Store..

A Fair Day, by local artist and photographer Sally Savage

A Fair Day, by local artist and photographer Sally Savage

Belfast Free Library August Programs

CD Release Concert

Clayton Clemetson and Audrey Budington, Sunday August 3, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Gammans Room.

Author Talks

Tuesday, August 5, 6:30 pm: Sally Savage will offer an illustrated talk about her book A Fair Day -- The Horsemen of County Kerry.

Tuesday, August 12, 6:30 pm: Baron Wormser will give a talk entitled "Writing a Poem, Writing a Novel."

Tuesday, August 26, 6:30 pm: Susan Conley will give a talk entitled "Storytelling: Lessons in Risk Taking and Stubbornness."

For more information, visit the Library Programs page.

Photo credit: Bridget Matros by Humans of Belfast

Photo credit: Bridget Matros by Humans of Belfast

Homegrown Talent Wanted

The Belfast Creative Coalition (BCC) is looking for local talent from Waldo County to participate in a telethon-style Inspire-a-Thon on Sunday, September 28 at Troy Howard Middle School. This is a call to everyone from 5 to 95 with a 3- to 6-minute routine of any artistic genre.

All are welcome to apply: comedians, musicians, poets, martial artists, jugglers, mimes, unicyclists, dancers or visual artists. Visual artists and farmers who want to be part of the Inspire-a-Thon, but require an on-location video, may also apply. Brief video segments will be interspersed between the live performances. Once BCC has all the applications, a performance schedule will be organized.

This first, four-hour Inspire-a-Thon will be televised on BCTV2 and also Web-streamed live to areas outside the TV station's range. To apply, e-mail who you are, what you do (in less than 50 words), how to reach you and an image (if available) to info@belfastcreativecoalition.org. Application deadline is August 15.

The Inspire-a-Thon also includes a BCC fundraising/membership drive, as well as art projects for the entire family, a petting zoo, demos and products available from the participants of the Cultivate Fall Tour scheduled for October 11 and 12. For more information, visit Belfast Creative Coalition.

Troy, midcoast Maine's friendly UPS man

Troy, midcoast Maine's friendly UPS man

Our Shipping Policy

Even though our Web site is not designed with a shopping cart, we will happily ship anything to you.

At this time, we only ask for the exact cost of the shipping; there is no handling charge.

By the way, the man in the photo is our well-loved UPS deliveryman. He is always smiling and happy, even when hauling heavy boxes down the stairs. (He must be a secret wannabe knitter.)

Yarn customers browsing inside our shop

Inside our shop, with yarn lovers examining a tempting skein.